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Northern Colorado Bears visit North Dakota Sioux in college basketball clash

Northern Colorado BearsNorth Dakota Sioux
16-11March 04, 2014, 08:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center14-14

A key college battle sees the visiting Northern Colorado Bears travelling to North Dakota Tuesday to take on the Sioux.

Supporters of the Bears have watched them go 16-11 and 9-13 ATS on the year, while the Sioux are at 14-14 and 10-15-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Sioux are 13-13, while the Bears have a 11-10-1 mark.

View Northern Colorado Bears vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

The Sioux were listed as -3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 51-ranked Sioux and the No. 250-rated Bears in this matchup.

In their last action, Northern Colorado was a 77-68 loser at home against Portland State. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Bears endured a 77-68 loss at the hands of the Vikings on Saturday, despite a 22-point effort from Tate Unruh at Butler-Hancock Hall.

In their last action, North Dakota was a 69-67 winner at home against Eastern Washington. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Sioux grabbed a 69-67 win over the Eagles on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Jaron Nash at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features North Dakota's No. 80-ranked scoring average of 73.61 PPG, against a Bears defense rated No. 141 and allowing 70.15 PPG. The Sioux FG% has averaged 45.9% to date this season, less than the Bears shooters have managed so far (48.76% per game).

Next up:
Northern Colorado at Southern Utah, Saturday, March 8th
North Dakota at Southern Utah, Thursday, March 6th